Odds ‘n ends over the week about books and reading that caught my eye. You’ve probably seen some/most/all of them, but just in case:
- The “Drinkable Book” Cleans Contaminated Water — Somehow, I missed this 2 months ago (despite Electric Lit being a regular read for me). I find this mind-boggling. The things we can do. . .
- The Hidden Depths of Sandra Boynton’s Board Books — I’m pretty sure I’ve talked about my love of Boynton before (and my kids’ obsession with her, particularly the older kids — we had to buy 2 copies of But Not the Hippopotamus, and probably should’ve bought a 3rd, would’ve without duct tape). But I’ve never seen anyone dive as deeply into her as this
- Novelists Reimagine and Update Shakespeare’s Plays — Sounds like a fascinating project.
- Ready Player One: Bringing Geeks and Non-Geeks Together — Geek & Sundry pay tribute to one of my favorite books of recent years.
- Celebrating 10 Years of Twilight — Not touching the new material Meyer released this week (I did enjoy Fahrenheit Press’ quip about it). I thought Book Riot’s look back was pretty well done. When I first read Twilight I really enjoyed it — first YA I’d read since, well, being a YA. Re-reads weren’t so kind to it, nor were my experiences with the sequels. Still, as big and game-changing as it was, it deserves some thought on its 10 year Anniversary.
- Why I Write Crime Fiction — I’ve never read Sherez’s books, but I really liked this piece.
- Rick Riordan: ‘I’ve loved mythology since I was a child’ — Nice interview with Rick Riordan.
- Paul Goat Allen posted a good Interview with Jim Butcher for Goodreads — mostly on The Aeronaut’s Windlass, but touched on a few other things.
- Amazon also posted a good one: “Everybody Has More Power Than They Think They Do”: An Interview with Jim Butcher
- 20 Timeless Quotes From Our Favorite Childhood Authors
- 10 Unfounded Fears That Keep Book Nerds Up at Night — this should elicit a chuckle or two
- This Week’s New Releases I’m Excited About and/or You’ll Probably See Here Soon:
- The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan — The start of a new series, with a new mythological pantheon. I think I’ve lost my Riordan beard to fiction for adults — I may have to admit that I buy these for me.
- The Gap of Time by Jeanette Winterson — mentioned in the piece above this is (to quote her website), “Jeanette Winterson’s cover version of The Winter’s Tale“.
- A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R. R. Martin — The Tales of Dunk and Egg should get me excited, but . . . I dunno. Having a hard time caring. Still figure I’m going to read this soon.
- Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits by David Wong — this looks odd, potentially amusing, pretty exciting and good.